What's your favorite Summer Vacation Spot? Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Friday, May 29, 2015



Ready for summer? I know I am! I am an instructor at a local college in Florida so I spend 9 long months waiting for summer to arrive. Each summer, we take a vacation somewhere new. And I've lived all over the US. But come every May, there is really only one place I want to go on vacation...home! I get terribly homesick come May and find myself dreaming of sitting along the shores of Lake Erie!

Presque Isle, Erie PA
Of course, while I am a PA native, I didn't actually grow up in Erie. I spent the majority of my adult life there and am really fond of the city. As a kid, however, I grew up in a teeny-tiny little town in northwestern Pennsylvania called Tidioute. Tidioute is a rural town located in the Allegheny foothills along the Allegheny River. It's a paradise for people who like to hunt, fish, camp, and live a quiet life.

Overlook, Tidioute PA

New readers might not know that my Harvesting series is actually set in a little town just like Tidioute. I actually cherry-picked some of the elements from my small town as the setting for my fictional Hamletville. What better place to set the zombie apocalypse than in your home town, lol! All joking aside, it's a lovely little place to visit. 

How about you? Where to you love to vacation for summer?



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27 comments:

  1. I grew up on Lake Michigan, but I don't remember it ever looking as beautiful as your photo of Lake Erie. thanks for hosting this blog hop.

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    1. The sunsets on Lake Erie are spectacular. I miss them a lot. I went to Lake Michigan once on a cold, windy day. It was beautiful. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Looks and sounds gorgeous. :)

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    1. Thank you, Shah! And thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Wow... very gorgeous location. Very impressive.

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    1. Thank you, TF, and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. There are so many beautiful spots in the U.S. This is another one. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bish! And thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I've been to Michigan once. DH interviewed with a company in Jackson, which landed him the job. The thing is, we decided that he try it to see if it's something we wanted to do for the long term. However, it wasn't meant to be as our hearts have always belonged in East Tennessee since moving here in 1979. A new job opportunity came along allowing him to work near home. That was a huge answer to prayers! It's nice meeting you through Lexa's summer vacation blog hop!

    My favorite vacation spot - the Pine Tree State #bloghop

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    1. I love that part of Tennessee! So, so green. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  7. That does look nice Melanie. But I gotta ask what everyone's afraid to ask...what about Bigfoot?

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    1. Lol! Bigfoot has been seen in central PA. It's the wendigo you have to worry about in Tidioute ;)

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  8. I live in Florida! I've never been to PA, though. Looks lovely :) I like mountains and forested areas.

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    1. I love Florida but sometimes I miss those silent woods!

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  9. I grew up in the middle of the mitten. It's a beautiful place.

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    1. Never been there! Thank you for sharing :)

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  10. I lived in Lakewood, Ohio, right on the shores of Lake Erie. It was so awesome just to walk down the street and see the water. I miss it!

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    1. So you feel me on this one, right? Something about it, isn't there!

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  11. Tidioute looks pretty iconic. I grew up in Philly and live in NYC, so I'm used to the big cities, but I do like heading to the Catskills.

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  12. So pretty. Reminds me a little of the south of France.

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  13. It's gorgeous! I love the picture of the mountains with the Allegheny river flowing down through the valley. It looks so peaceful and quiet ... until the zombie apocalypse!!! Then it's every man for himself. I'm dying to read your book, especially now that I know it's based on a place where you grew up. Thanks so much for co-hosting the hop! :)

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  14. Both spots sound great. The shore of Lake Erie for the sunsets and water sports, and your hometown for the outdoor activities and small-town vibe that just ooze relaxation and warmth. No zombies, though. :)

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  15. Beautiful. I have friends in Tamaqua - a very small town that's so quiet.

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  16. It looks like a beautiful spot. Very peaceful.

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